Marlow: Buckinghamshire’s Best Kept Village

This past Saturday, George and I felt like exploring a little to escape our messy apartment and extra long to-do list. We drove to the village of Marlow, which is only about 10 minutes from where we are, and spent the day there walking around and shopping. We had heard such good things about Marlow and it seems to be the general consensus that everyone wants to live in Marlow. It is Buckinghamshire’s best kept village, afterall.

We ordered the Afternoon Tea at a place called Burger’s Artisan Bakery and I finally tried some clotted cream with scones! It reminded me a bit of melted ice cream, but it was still delicious. We’ve decided to make it our mission to find the best Afternoon Tea around.

Really though, it was all just an excuse to take our new Mini out and drive it with the top down. I still can’t get over how warm it is here. Well, warm by comparison to a Michigan or Minnesota winter, both of which I have had to endure for many years. On our way home, we took the long way around through the countryside and down various single-track roads. We saw so many lovely places we’d like to have stopped, but the sun was starting to set already so they will have to wait for another day.

New year, new home!

The past couple weeks have been crazy here, but it seems like things are finally falling into place for us. New apartment, new car, new phones…check, check, and check! Getting settled and having the ability to do basic things, like make a phone call, took longer than we thought it would. But now that it’s almost over, we could not be happier with how everything came together. George is able to walk to work from our apartment and I get to drive our new Mini around. Also, we both got a great international plan for our phones. Continue reading “New year, new home!”

Scotland Part II: Loch Lomond

The last half of our Scotland trip was spent on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. On our way over from Edinburgh, however, we decided to stop at Stirling Castle. Stirling Castle was a lot of fun and had some really interesting history of its own. Most of the current castle buildings date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and were developed by the Stewart kings, James IV, V, and VI. Also, Mary Queen of Scots was brought up and crowned here.

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Scotland Part I: Edinburgh

Scotland may be the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Definitely top 5 and also very high on my list of places I’d like to go back to. On this trip, we stayed in the south of Scotland because we thought it would be cold in the highlands and islands. Truthfully though, I don’t think it would have been bad. It was about 40 degrees fahrenheit the entire time we were there and all the grass was still green (when it wasn’t covered in frost). The only problem with going to Scotland in winter is how short the days are. On most days, the sun rose at 9am and was fully beneath the horizon by 4pm. Other days, it seemed like the sun never rose and it was just cloudy and rainy all day long. But if you can get over that, Scotland is great in the winter because of how few tourists there are.   Continue reading “Scotland Part I: Edinburgh”